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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Information Technology

Managing facultyInformation Technology
Abbreviated titleGradCertBIS
CRICOS code062930M
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)0.5 years FT, 1 year PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Contact details

Contact information is available at:

Course coordinator

Dr Kerry Tanner (Caulfield); Dr Iqbal Gondal (Gippsland)


  • Not all professional tracks are available for study at Gippsland.


The Graduate Certificate in Business Information Systems (GradCertBIS) prepares students who have a first qualification in another discipline area for professional careers in business systems, information systems and information management.


The Graduate Certificate in Business Information Systems provides students with understanding of foundation information technology concepts and fundamental business systems, information systems and information management principles, and develops further knowledge and understanding of one or more specialist areas within these fields, including the major theoretical and professional debates in each area.


The course consists of four approved masters-level units.

Areas of Study


Students complete 24 points of graduate-level (FIT5xxx level) units selected from the MBIS professional track units listed below.

Students without appropriate background knowledge will be required to satisfactorily complete a selection of the MBIS foundation units (FIT9xxx level) before proceeding to other graduate units (FIT5xxx level). The foundation units have been designed for students with little prior study in information technology.

Note: It is highly recommended that students undertake postgraduate orientation activities and workshops coordinated by the Faculty of Information Technology.

MBIS foundation (core) units

  • FIT9003 Database systems design*
  • FIT9004 Computer programming for business or FIT9017 Foundations of programming*,**
  • FIT9005 Computer architecture and networks*
  • FIT9006 Information technology management*

MBIS professional tracks (specialisations)

Students can choose units from all professional tracks listed below to meet the course requirement.

Business application development

  • FIT5151 Object-oriented business application development*
  • FIT5059 Advanced programming for database applications*
  • FIT5077 e-Business application and development*
  • FIT5152 User interface design and development*

Business intelligence

  • FIT5094 IT for management decision making
  • FIT5097 Business intelligence modelling
  • FIT5095 Data warehousing
  • FIT5093 Business intelligence applications

Business systems

  • FIT5157 Services science
  • FIT5158 Customer relationship management and data mining
  • FIT5159 IT for financial decisions
  • FIT5160 Business process modelling, design and simulation

Corporate information and knowledge management

  • FIT5102 IT strategy and governance*
  • FIT5150 Project management as knowledge-based practice*
  • FIT5086 Information and knowledge management principles*
  • FIT5088 Information and knowledge management systems*

Enterprise systems

Library, archival and recordkeeping systems

(and any two from the following):

* Units offered on-campus and by off-campus learning (OCL) mode.

** Special entry requirements apply; course director approval is required.

Progression to further studies

Successful completion of this course provides an entry point for students wishing to progress to the Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems.


Graduate Certificate in Business Information Systems